As researchers have found, in 48 out of 65 commercial nuclear power plants in the United States there is a leak of radioactive tritium.
According to The Washington Post, according to records of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen, flows through corrosive pipes in the ground, and the number and severity of leakage increases.
Leaks at least 37 of these objects contain the concentration of tritium, sometimes hundreds of times higher than federal drinking water standards.
At three sites — two in Illinois and one in Minnesota — leaks contaminate drinking wells near the houses, but have not yet reached the level of violating the drinking water standards.
Any exposure to radioactivity increases the risk of cancer.
However, authorities say that these leaks show no harm to human health.
The problem is that it is difficult to say how far into the ground water can get contaminated water.
Tritium is quickly absorbed into the soil, and its detection is often an indication of the presence of more powerful radioactive isotopes that are often running out with tritium.